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Blessing ceremony kicks off 2008 Habitat for Humanity ‘Lent Build’ in Mexico

AMERICUS, Ga. (April 24, 2007) — Pastors will offer blessings today to officially kick off Habitat for Humanity’s “Lent Build” 2008 project in which 40 Habitat houses will be built or repaired in two locations, each located about an hour and a half from Mexico City.

During the seven weeks of Lent in 2008 — from Feb. 6 to March 23 — volunteers will be invited to help local groups and partner families work on the houses in the Ayapango and Amecameca communities, located in the state of Mexico, southeast of Mexico City, and in the Santiago de Anaya community, located in the state of Hidalgo, northeast of Mexico City.

Mayors of the communities, representatives of Habitat for Humanity and Habitat families will also be on hand for the kickoff.

“We have just returned from a wonderful experience in Brazil where teams of volunteers came together from a number of countries for ‘40 Days of Solidarity,’ which was the theme of the 2007 Lent Build,” said José Luis Villaseñor, manager of international church partnerships for the Church Relations department of Habitat for Humanity International. “We see the Mexico project as a terrific opportunity to make borders disappear not only between countries, but within Mexico as we invite churches and volunteers all across the nation to participate in the build and to celebrate a season of hope and new life.”

Organizers are contacting groups to support the project financially and later will be recruiting work teams that have a long-term interest in partnering with Habitat for Humanity in Mexico.

“We believe the 2008 Lent Build will be a great testimony and celebration of unity,” said Gustavo Gutierrez, national director of Habitat for Humanity Mexico. “We look forward to welcoming groups who want to share hope and build long-term friendships with us.”

The enrollment period to organize teams for the Lent Build in 2008 will be announced soon. Information will be available at

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit